Today, we’re looking at the Vengeance Pro 1600Mhz 2x8GB RAM kit from Corsair. This particular one is red and come with clock of 1600MHZ at CL9 (9-9-9-24). This is an enthusiast level kit built for overclocking and stability as stated on the product (eight-layer PCBs and ICs specially selected for performance potential). It’s a step up from the non Pro Vengeance line up with a larger heat sink.
Let’s take a look at the specs of our particular kit.
- Warranty: Lifetime
- Size: 16GB (2 x 8GB)
- Performance Profile: XMP
- Fan Included: No
- Heat Spreader: Vengeance
- Memory Configuration: Dual Channel
- Memory Type: DDR3
- Package – Memory Pin: 240
- Package – Memory Format: DIMM
- Tested Voltage: 1.5
- SPD Voltage: 1.5
- Speed Rating: PC3-12800 (1600MHz)
- SPD Speed: 1333MHz
- Tested Speed: 1600MHz
- Tested Latency: 9-9-9-24
- SPD Latency: 9-9-9-24
The Vengeance line up just screams to be used in high end enthusiast rigs with multi LED illumination to completely show off the beastly looks of the build and this kit certainly accentuates the overall looks.
The kit itself comes in a slim but attractive looking box with the picture of a single DIMM on the front and some marketing material and nomenclature on the back. The box is sealed with a clear circular sticker on the top. Inside the box, the DIMMs comes packed in a flexible plastic container with separate compartments for each DIMM matching their shape.
The DIMMs themselves looking like works of art with sharp angle edges and top portion that is rounded. The right side has a sticker that says VENGEANCE in a stylized manner. The left side has another sticker mentioning the nomenclature. The entire heat sink itself is made of aluminum for optimal cooling and durability and the solid build quality is apparent of the Corsair. The overall aesthetic is minimalistic, not too garish and works very nicely. Being a higher profile kit, there is a chance you might face clearance issues with some tower style CPU coolers which overhang the first RAM slot on your motherboard. This might be a serious issue if you only have 2 DIMM slots AND you’re using a tower style cooler with no clearance for high profile memory.
The top portion of the heat sink has fins too allow for cooling of the DIMMs, which are reminiscent of the non Pro Vengeance DIMMs. The PCB is not visible through the fins. The PCB itself is a matte black color. The red top part of the heat sink can be removed if you wish to swap in another one.
As the picture above shows, the Vengeance Pro module is about a third larger than its non Pro brethren.
Overall, the Vengeance Pro DIMMs looks very similar to the non Pro counterparts with a modified top plate that comes in different colors (red, blue, silver and gold with matching stickers). The base heat sink is black with all colors, so it can go well with almost any color theme.
The test system is as follows:
- CPU: Core i5 3570K @ 4.1GHz
- Cooler: be quiet! Dark Rock Advanced C1
- GPU: Sapphire R9 270 2GB
- Ram: Corsair Vengeance PRO 2X8GB 1600MHZ CL9
- HDD: WD Green 500GB
- Motherboard: Asus Sabertooth Z77
- PSU: Seasonic 500W Bronze
- Case: Cooler Master HAF 912 Advanced
- OS: Windows 8.1 Pro
The RAM is running at 1600MHz under the XMP profile 1.2. No manual Overclocks were performed on the RAM.
Winrar v5.60 1GB compression
AIDA64 Extreme v5.75 cache and memory benchmark
In conclusion, Corsair has made an excellent enthusiast level RAM kit that is made for performance and overclocking. The Corsair Vengeance PRO 1600Mhz offer the most attractive design and performance in line with expectations. Its performance can be judged from the benchmarks above, not to mention that it’s very well made and it looks the part. The overall design isn’t very over the top and I like it. These can work very well with any color theme that matches them and not look too flashy. Overall, a bit pricey (at launch, at least), but very good RAM kit.
- Best for Overclocking
- Looks amazing
- Solid performance
- Clearance issues with some CPU coolers
- Bit pricey